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Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive

Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive

Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive From Amanda Henderson, Safe Children Helping your little ones grow, learn, and thrive can be a tough task for parents, and…

Easing Baby into their First Child Care Setting

Easing Baby into their First Child Care Setting

Taking your little one to child care can be a difficult decision and an emotional experience. Here are a few ways to ease the transition. Here are a few ways you can help…

Communicating with Your Care Givers & Teachers

Communicating with Your Care Givers & Teachers

Your kids’ success in their child care and early learning environments begin with relationships: parent-child and parent-provider or parent-teacher. Each relationship is key…

Domains of Development: Strong & Healthy Bodies

Domains of Development: Strong & Healthy Bodies

Developing strong and healthy bodies has to do with the food children eat, the physical activities they participate in, their ability to help themselves meet basic needs,…

Taking Baby to Child Care for the First Time

Taking Baby to Child Care for the First Time

Taking your little one to child care can be a difficult decision and an emotional experience. Here are a few ways to ease the transition from being at home together to being…

Domains of Development: Communication

Domains of Development: Communication

Communication is the ability and desire to connect with others by exchanging ideas and feelings, both verbally and non-verbally. The Communication Domain of Development…

5 Ways to Engage in Your Child’s Development

5 Ways to Engage in Your Child’s Development

5 Ways to Engage in Your Child’s Development Your kids are growing and learning all day, every day. You can make a positive impact on their development by getting involved…

Early Childhood Transitions

Early Childhood Transitions

Early Childhood Transitions – An Overview Transition means to change, and there are a lot of changes that happen in a child’s life. From everyday transitions like going to…

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development

The Domains of Development   Growing and learning go hand in hand. As young children learn and grow, interact with the world around them, and begin to understand…

Cultivating Creative Expression

Cultivating Creative Expression

By incorporating a variety of materials that foster creativity into the spaces where your kids spend their time, you’ll enable your kids to express themselves, deepen their…

6 Ways to Play – With Sheets!

6 Ways to Play – With Sheets!

Play, learn, imagine, and grow with your kids using a single sheet and things you already have around the house.
Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids

Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids

  Help set your kids up for a great ride by making sure they have all the right equipment in place.   Wearing a Properly Fitted Helmet Adjust sizing pads or fit…

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play Give your children time for play and you will see all they are capable of doing when given the opportunity. Children learn…

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime

The Six Cs of Playtime It’s never “just play,” it’s learning. Learning that emerges through play is deep and meaningful to children because they have shaped it themselves….

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

Outdoor Play and the Domains of Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics says lots of unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children. That’s because outdoor play benefits children in every…

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

5 Benefits of Playing Outside

Kids should play outside! Here are 5 reasons why. When kids are given unstructured time to play alone or with other children, especially outdoors, they make up their own…

Encourage Physical Activity Early in Life

Encourage Physical Activity Early in Life

Physical activity can start very early in life as part of your child’s everyday play! When you’re choosing activities, focus on activities that are fun. If children enjoy…

Good Nutrition | Where to Start

Good Nutrition | Where to Start

Good Nutrition Where to Start A variety of grains, dairy, proteins, fruits, and veggies is a good starting point for any healthy diet, but the necessary portions of each…

10 Daily Rituals to Encourage Bonding

10 Daily Rituals to Encourage Bonding

In chaotic everyday life, parents can leverage the power of intention to ensure that they fit in what’s most important to them – the moments of fun, connection, and…

Eat Healthy and Enjoy It

Eat Healthy and Enjoy It

Instead of focusing on foods your kids can’t have, help your kids think about foods they can have, and make eating them fun! Eat the Rainbow Having a variety of colors on…

5 Ways for Learning Conflict Resolution

5 Ways for Learning Conflict Resolution

5 Tips for Learning Conflict Resolution Manage Emotions Kids (and adults!) have every right to feel strong emotions, but it’s important to have strategies for remaining…

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

5 Ways to Support Kids Self Expression

Here are 5 ways you can encourage your child to express themselves. ART Encourage your kids to try different art forms and artistic mediums. STYLE Let your kids pick out…

Teaching Kids Self-Regulation

Teaching Kids Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is the ability to control behavioral and emotional responses. It’s having the skill to calm yourself down when you get upset, to adjust to a change, and to…

How to Model Mindfulness

How to Model Mindfulness

From our earliest moments and at each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. It’s helpful for children,…

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

4 Ways to Teach Children Empathy

Empathy is at the heart of good relationships of many kinds, and it begins with valuing other perspectives and other people. Parents can cultivate empathy in their children…

7 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Emotions

7 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Emotions

Children have big emotions, but they often don’t have the words to talk about how they are feeling. You can help your children understand and express their emotions using…

The Basics of Social and Emotional Development

The Basics of Social and Emotional Development

The Sense of Self & Relationships Domain of Development refers to the social and emotional development children go through, especially in their first five years of life, during which they begin to understand who they are, what they are feeling and what to expect when interacting with others. 
First Feelings: Building A Healthy Foundation

First Feelings: Building A Healthy Foundation

The first step in helping your child learn to cope with their feelings is to embrace them – all of them. Sadness and joy, anger and love can co-exist and are all part of the…

Help Your Kids Become Better Listeners

Help Your Kids Become Better Listeners

Being a good listener takes concentration and practice, and it’s an important skill to develop. A good listener is an active listener; active listening leads to better…